I really don't think that high school education is necessary for training, nor is university necessarily the correct approach. But I do believe that regulation and ensuring a high level of education is important, in the sense that midwives who train are taught the appropriate information and ensured to have the required competency to practice. There are some great programs in the USA for becoming a midwife, that are not at a university but are incredibly indepth and comprehensive. And there are some really basic programs as well that I really hope people use as their sole education (though I know some do). You also have to remember that here in Canada, while midwifery is a university education, 2.5 years of that 4 year education is focused on clinical learning. Students still do a few courses per semester but the focus is on clinical experience.
Great discussion guys, it is really refreshing seeing a debate that does not dissolve into arguments and insults!